Photo Gallery: Hezbollah, Igniting Conflict

Beirut airport ablaze after Israeli attack photo
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July 14, 2006—Fuel tanks blaze at Beirut, Lebanon's international airport after an Israeli air attack on July 13, 2006. That same day Israel struck the television station of Hezbollah, a Lebanon-based Islamic militia and political party.

The Jewish state's military also killed a reported 22 civilians in raids on south Lebanon—a Hezbollah stronghold—and bombed highways as part of a land, sea, and air blockade of the predominantly Muslim country. The Lebanese government, meanwhile, urged a cease-fire.

The attacks were in retaliation for Hezbollah's July 12 foray into northern Israel, during which the group kidnapped two Israeli soldiers and killed eight more.

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